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RELEASE: Gottheimer Presents Army Bicentennial Bronze Medal to WWII Air Corps Bomber Ahead of 102nd Birthday
PARAMUS, NJ - Today, Monday, November 11, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored Veterans Day and presented U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, Sergeant Michael Diederich (Ret.), who completed thirty-five missions over Germany during World War II as a nose gunner and bombardier in a B24 bomber, with the U.S. Army Bicentennial Bronze Medal.
Gottheimer also brought Diederich, who is turning 102-years-old on November 20th, with birthday cards from Fifth District Boys and Girls Clubs, bringing him closer to his 102 birthday card goal.
“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to hear the Sergeant’s story, and to thank him for his service to our great country. I’m especially lucky to be able to spend time with so many of our bravest veterans,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “It is our duty as Americans not only to honor these men and women, but to do everything we can to fight for them when they return, to ensure they have the care they need, the benefits they were promised, and the support we all owe them.”
During this Congress, Gottheimer has helped lead several initiatives to fight for North Jersey’s veterans: